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Feb 4, 2019

Paul Stovell, the founder and CEO of Octopus Deploy, joins the podcast today. Paul is an expert on all things automated deployment and Cloud operations. He started Octopus Deploy back in 2011, but prior to that, he worked as a consultant for about five years.


Octopus Deploy is a pretty major player in the market. Their mission? To do automated deployments really, really well. Today, it helps over 20,000 customers automate their deployments, and employs 40 brilliant people. It can be integrated with Azure DevOps services and many other build services.


On this week’s episode, Paul talks about his career journey and what led him to create Octopus Deploy; his accomplishments, goals, and visions for Octopus Deploy; which build servers integrate best with Octopus Deploy; his tips and tricks for how to best utilize it; and his vision for the future of DevOps.


Topics of Discussion:

[:51] About today’s guest — Paul Stovell.

[1:06] Paul introduces himself and gives some background on his career journey.

[3:36] Paul’s take on continuous integration in the past and now.

[5:05] Paul’s original vision for his company, Octopus Deploy.

[7:54] Where Octopus Deploy fits in for Visual Studio developers.

[12:03] Paul speaks about the two approaches to doing deployments.

[16:11] About the depth of the Octopus Deploy library.

[17:27] A word from the Azure DevOps Podcast sponsor: Clear Measure.

[17:54] Out of all of the build servers, which integrate best with Octopus Deploy?

[19:47] How Octopus Deploy could be a big game-changer with the newest release.

[26:17] When adopting a serverless environment, where does Octopus Deploy’s tentacle agent go? How does it configure?

[29:23] Which tasks should go with Octopus Deploy and what’re the boundaries?

[31:11] Paul’s vision for the future of DevOps 5-10 years down the road.

[37:13] Jeffrey and Paul talk incident prevention and incident management.

[39:16] Paul’s recommendations on where to follow-up to learn more about Octopus Deploy after this podcast.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Azure DevOps

Clear Measure (Sponsor)

Paul Stovell

Octopus Deploy

Atlassian Bamboo
Red Gate (to join the Slack channel)


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